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Matthew 7:3

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[a] when you have a log in your own?

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What does forgiveness look like within a marriage? Wally from The Wally Show talks with his wife, Mardi, about what it has looked like for them. She has some great insights on the role that prayer plays into the everyday life of sticking by someone – even when it’s hard.

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32 Comments on "Day 12: How Forgiveness and Prayer Go Hand-In-Hand"

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Jennie
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Thank you for the video! You are a beautiful couple and your words are so encouraging! I love how you said you need to ask God to change you, not the other person. That is a lesson I need to work on in my life!

Luann
Guest

Thank you! I needed to hear that today. It’s much easier to want God to change the other person, but if you ask God to change your own heart, you both will grow. God bless you guys, your marriage and your family! Thank you for being transparent.

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

So true, Jennie. I will pray for you AND for me on that one!

Michelleake
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Thank you for sharing! I have learned one thing about forgiveness in marriage over the last 23 years. My husband had an issue with internet integrity and it was a difficult thing to walk through, but I think our marriage lasted and is stronger than ever because the same grace that saves me everyday from my sins and shortcomings is the same grace we try to extend to each other. I learned I could tell him how his struggle made me feel, but I refused to hold that over him – extended grace. I continued to tell him that I… Read more »
Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Wow, Michelle! That is the essence of what Jesus said it the first & the greatest command (Matthew 22.36-40). When we love Jesus first & foremost, then everything else can line up. Everyone wins! Thanks for sharing your story!

Doris Ripczinski
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AMEN!

Stephen Caruso
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Thank you both for sharing. This is a message I needed to hear. I will now prayer for myself for better understanding and compassion, Instead of praying others change to my way of seeing.

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

God is really changing a lot of us, isn’t He Stephen? The angels in Heaven must really be rejoicing around the throne of God! What a great Easter gift this is from us to our loving Savior!

Jason Holt
Member

Thank you way-fm for the forgiveness small group. I know there is a need for me to forgive my ex wife and with most days lessons you hit on just the reason I need to forgive her. In his time.

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Praying for you, Jason. You are truly becoming God’s man. I wonder how she will react??? All for God’s glory!

lorilu
Member

Great insight from your experience!
Thanks so much, for sharing, and may God continue to bless your marriage!
: )

Eyes wide shut
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This helped point out that I need to be in prayer for my husband’s heart to change towards our daughter who is in college & struggling daily with her trying to become an adult but letting her mouth burn bridges with my husband. My prayer needs to be that he learns to give love unconditionally to her & others. Not I give you my love because you did this, that or the other. People need to know they are loved no matter what they may do or not do. My prayer for my daughter needs to be “God please guide… Read more »
Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Dear EWS, what a blessing to see families stand for God. You are modern-day Josephs (Genesis 37-50), following our ever-contemporary God of Truth in our changing culture. Praying for a new year of fresh blessings upon you all. Love truly covers a multitudes of our “bumps” as you say (1 Peter 4.8)!

sasunday
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I have been praying and praying for my husband to have a change of heart and work towards reconciliation rather than divorce. I have focused on asking Him to change my husband’s heart. Although, I have tried to focus my energies on being close to God and being loving and respectful to my husband, I think I have just learned that my prayers need focused in a different direction for him and for myself.
Thank you for this thought provoking lesson.
I will continue to pray with hope.

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Praying for supernatural reconciliation for you both … and that tons of people know it!

coloradoabbygreen
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Thank you for your video it’s always great to see couples who work together in their marriage. I myself hope to find someone who can love me for all of me but that seems to be a distant thought now. I was married for a little while but divorced back in ’09 I keep thinking God has forgiven me and I know He has but I’m sad that I’m still trying to find someone a nice guy. This is an encouraging message to me and hopefully some day I will get to put it into practice.

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

God knows how to get His people to cross paths … I’m praying that for you this year, Rebecca. And I think that man is praying for the same thing too! Keep trusting!

Pastor Dave WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Thanks Wally & Mardi for your example of mutual respect & love for one another … and for your dependence together on the Lord, Who will never lead us astray! This is the one time I can truly say, “Me first” & God gets the greater honor. I’m with ya – GOD, CHANGE ME!!!

Member

Thank you for sharing with us. God bless you both & your marriage!

Sally
Guest

Wow! Have you been watching me?? 🙂 Wally and Mardi have re-affirmed for me today what I suspected all along. I need to be changed and then God can use me to change my situation! Thank you, Lord!

Shannaw
Member

That’s good!! Change your heart first! Change your heart and attitude towards that other persoN first so they can see the change in you! Ask God to change your heart first so that others will see and will want what you have! Thank you Wally n Mardi

Cody D
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Often, I want those who are closest to me to change. Some things they do frustrate me. But now that I reflect on those things, some of them seem so silly. Why did I let those things bother me so much? I guess I am too controlling and want things my way. This is something I need to work on. I need to not worry about things that are out of my control, like other people; instead, do something about things that are in my control, like myself and my attitude. Thank you Wally and Mardi. Your message taught me… Read more »
Calpalntn
Member

Great message Wally and Mardi. Thank you fir showing us what a good marriage is all about.

Big Country
Member

So true. Now I am no expert at marriage because I have never been married but from my observations Wally hit the point when he said that we need to ask God to change us instead of the other person. From my observations marriages usually struggle because at least one if not both of them expect the other person to change but not themselves. And even as an unmarried person, I believe it’s important to ask God to change me daily so that way I can continually seek him and treat others the way he intends me to. Great lesson!

Val
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When we ask God to guide and shape behavior, to it is the example of each of us coming to God owning our own behavior and responsibility in any relationship we are in. My husband and I have been married for 26 years and we have 2 beautiful children and the road has definitely not been easy. Before we had kids he told me, he did not want to have children, I was upset but insisted of being angry, I prayed and I asked for me to content with my life. As he was helping me to be content, he… Read more »
Mr.Danni
Member

Great testimony! God bless your family Wally.

Member

Awesome testimony

Brenda
Member

Thank you so much for the reminder. I know to seek God first to change my heart, but too often I turn my eyes to the ‘problem’ instead of fixing my energies on the only solution.

pmccoy68
Member

Thank you for your testimony for how we are to forgive each other and look at our own hearts first.

Member
My Jewish husband just came to accept Christ last month! In the beginning of our relationship I was a Christian but not in a solid relationship with Christ. Then when our marriage entered into Troubled Waters I went back to what I knew which was my faith and God and begin growing deeper and deeper into a relationship with God. However I also had started demanding for my husband that he needed to believe. After 4 plus years of a marriage that was shredded I began to pray for my heart, my husbands heart and of our marriage. (In that… Read more »
Tina Ledbetter
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Love your testimony. You are such an encouragement to couples everywhere. Thanks for all that you do to get the word of God out to the world.

Debbie
Guest

I really appreciates you guys, it is the “LOVE” that you have for each other that makes you to “FORGIVE” easily, keep it up. God is with you!!!

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